June 3, 2018 will always be an infamous day for Guatemalans. On that day, Fuego erupted in a new, unforgettable way.Here is one of our Living Water guard’s experience. His name is Julio César Camey. He is married to Cindy and they have two sons, Brayan and César. They are thankful to our Lord for another chance at life. Brother Julio proclaimed that he had never lived through anything similar to that Sunday.
As he was walking to work, he heard a strong explosion. People were running frantically as he rushed home. He took his family and climbed onto a pick-up to escape. Everything was in immense chaos! He did not think about his other relatives; he could only evacuate with his wife and sons. Soon they were guided to a shelter and their lives changed completely. That night he was able to speak with his father and learn that his family members were in other shelters. There were 477 other families in the shelter. They began to receive clothes, food, water, and medical and psychological care. Brother Julio was worried, sad, and scared, but he needed to demonstrate strength to his family and especially to his kids.
One month later and after visiting with Julio and his family in Escuintla, we made the decision to evacuate them from the shelter. Thank God and you our supporters because we were able to provide the resources for Julio and his family to begin a new life in San Lorenzo. A few months ago we were able to rent a piece of land and build a home for Julio and his family. As a special gift we also donated 5 beautiful laying hens for the family. So now they have a constant source of eggs! On the other side, the rest of the families, victims from this disaster, continue to live in the various refuges. There are still about hundreds of families living in shelters since they are not allowed to return to their former homes.
This is the first home that Living Water has built. In the future we will update you with other stories from other beautiful families beginning again after this horrible tragedy.